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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: AED
  • ASIN: B00JOQRXME
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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AED Records is proud to announce the release of TEMARI, the new album from Colorama on 26 May 2014. TEMARI follows Colorama’s acclaimed 2012 release, Good Music and picks up where they left off, brimming with ideas and sounds. Resolutely eclectic to their core, Colorama continue to explore new styles whilst maintaining a consistency of songwriting that is never less than affecting. Recorded between Colorama-head-honcho Carwyn Ellis’ place in Wales and our West Heath Yard Studios in London (with Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley again at the helm), TEMARI is a ray of Welsh sunshine via California and the Pacific. As ever, Colorama take in an eye-watering variety of styles and throw them back at you with dazzling versatility – psychedelia, baroque pop, yacht rock, electropop, bubblegum, garage rock, folk-funk and fuzz-soul are all dipped into with effortless ease, and always with Carwyn’s gorgeous voice as our guide. Think Steely Dan meets Beck meets Isley Brothers meets Left Banke meets Soft Cell meets Steve Miller meets Air meets John Barry meets Devo and you may have an idea – a daft concoction that shouldn’t work but somehow it does and with flying colours. On TEMARI Colorama manage to absorb these disparate influences and give us a sound for 2014 which is very much their own.

And the title? “No, it’s not Welsh”, says Carwyn, “it’s Japanese. An old folk toy. There’s a picture of a Temari on the cover. It’s an embroidered little ball that traditionally, the maker would give someone as a gift to wish them well – the amazing colours and threads are intended to wish the recipient a brilliant and happy life. I like the idea that someone would go to such lengths to craft something so beautiful and heartfelt for another. And that’s my intention when I make my music, believe it or not. A lofty parallel to make perhaps, but you’ve got to aim high”.

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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2014
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Having seen multi-talented Welshman Carwyn Ellis and his band supporting Edwyn Collins twice in the last year or so (as well as catching a couple of songs on Gideon Coe) I thought I would 'take the plunge’ and purchase the band’s latest. Live, I had been struck by the band’s 'unclassifiableness’ – a predominant feeling of 'retro-ness’, mixing some sublime pop melodies with a good dose of psychedelia and, at times, heavy rock (courtesy of David Page’s exuberant and a mite OTT guitar) thrown in. And, listening to Temari, this 'genre-defying’ feel still comes across – a (perhaps understandably) more 'produced’, laid-back, less 'extreme’ sound, certainly, but still displaying much eclecticism – a relatively 'daring’ quality, in musical terms, these days, it seems.

That’s not to say there isn’t a plethora of 'sounds a bit like’ on Temari. Purely from a 'musical virtuoso’ perspective, I thought of the likes of The Magnetic Fields or even Todd Rundgren, and whilst Temari is not (of course) on a par with 69 Love Songs and Mr Ellis is not (yet) a star, though has elements of wizardry about him, there is much to admire here, as the band run through a whole host of other 'styles’ – the 'pop sophistication’ of Belle & Sebastian to Stevie Wonder to (even) Steely Dan!

At the more conventional (retro) end of the spectrum we have the likes of Forget Tomorrow and Too Much Data, nice commentaries on 'the modern world’ and sounding like something from 1960s band Lovin’ Spoonful – irresistibly catchy.
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The best album by far from Colorama! absolutely love all the vast variety of tracks but especially love Thing. Please give this album a hearing, I guarantee you will be hooked and rightly so!
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